I am a big fan of Seth Godin’s teachings. A friend of mine introduced me to him years ago and while a lot of his messages are focused on marketing, they can be interpreted for other areas of life. One of his recent blog posts discussed happiness – kind of a “grass is always greener” mindset that “if only I could achieve xyz, I’d be happier” and how people on both sides of the proverbial fence generally think the people on the other side have it better so they keep striving to get to that other side.
Making a change to this mindset is very much in line with how I’ve adjusted the content of my coaching program. No matter WHERE you are starting in your weight management and fitness journey, if you are unhappy with something about yourself in some way at the beginning, there are strong chances you’ll still be unhappy after you reach your goal. I’ve worked with enough clients over the past decade to know that when one reaches a goal, there is short-lived excitement and elation about the achievement of the goal, but the unhappy little gremlins can creep back up and the same issue(s) will start again. This is the problem with the mindset of “when I lose that last 10 pounds, I’ll feel so much better / be so much happier, etc.”. Trust me when I tell you that is rarely the case.
Change your mindset first and your chances of lasting success will be much stronger. Train yourself to be content with where you are right now, not to mention WHO you are right now instead of constantly feeling like you are trying to chase something that you currently are not, and I bet you’ll find the journey to be much more enjoyable. You’ll also appreciate the destination that much more.
– Shari B. =)
Shari Becht is a Certified Natural Chef, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and healthy lifestyle coach. She is extremely passionate about teaching people how they can take steps to fit healthy habits into their busy lives.
If you or someone you know could use some help learning how to eat more healthfully, banish negative body image and incorporate more “FIT” into their lives, please feel free to email her at shari [at] fitfeat [dot] com. For more information, click here.